This one is pretty simple. We were given the incredibly rare opportunity to raid directly from the cellar of one of the most famous wineries in Napa, California, or anywhere on the planet. Today, Chateau Montelena — the iconic Napa brand known for being one of the best wineries in America for over 125 years is offering us up Library Cabernet selections at unbelievable prices.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate raved about Bo Barrett’s Cabernet, talking in great detail about how he rose above the challenges of the vintages to make an incredible wine. Here’s what they said, “Chateau Montelena’s 2010 Cabernets are among the highlights in this set of new releases, although the 2011 Chardonnay is pretty terrific as well. Bo Barrett credits his experiences in 1987 and 1988 as a big reason he was able to handle the stresses of the 2010 vintage, in particular the late season heat spikes that gave growers fits. It’s great to see this historic property making wines that live up to its reputation.”
The 2010 Chateau Montelena is a sleeping giant. The youngest of our incredible exclusive Library Collections today, it could use another few years in a cool, dark cellar. However, good fortune comes to those who wait as this wine is a show stopping Cabernet that I am expecting tremendous dividends from down the road. It was tasted as recently as April of 2020 by the stingy but fair critic, Stephen Tanzer of Vinous Media who raved the wine, “Finishes with building but perfectly integrated tannins and outstanding length.”
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95 Points, Vinous
Bright red-ruby. Exceptional aromatic purity and complexity to the aromas of blueberry, cassis, cocoa powder, mocha, spices and minerals; some very ripe berry pie notes emerged with air. Wonderfully creamy, silky and deep; an utterly seamless wine with the underlying soil-driven minerality to energize and frame its fleshy flavors of dark fruits and spices. This is yet another 2010 whose impression of refinement belies the weather extremes of the growing season. Finishes with building but perfectly integrated tannins and outstanding length. This is already approaching its plane of peak drinkability but I’d still want to hold my bottles for at least a few more years. (“You really had to be a good farmer in 2010,” noted Bo Barrett) – (04/2020)
94 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate